Democrat Hillary Clinton’s lead over Republican Donald Trump has narrowed to five percentage points, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, in a groundbreaking presidential election that is sparking feelings of alarm for most voters.
The nationwide survey shows a sharply polarized electorate that believes the country is headed in the wrong direction, feels less safe living in the United States than they used to, and gives negative ratings to the both presidential candidates.
Sixty-one percent report feeling alarmed about the election, swamping the 23% who are excited. Few are bored: Just 9%.
“I can appreciate how it might be desirable to have someone that is outside the political realm bringing a new perspective, but at the same time the complete lack of electoral experience is scary,” Gurleen Chadha, 23, a medical student from Los Angeles, said of Trump in a follow-up phone interview after being polled. She’s supporting Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
On the other hand, Michael Perrotta, 48, an account executive for a trucking firm on Long Island, worries about Clinton’s integrity. “She has a lot of investigations, and it’s a little questionable,” he said. He’s backing the presumptive Republican nominee. “I am sure Donald Trump is no angel, but he doesn’t have that special-interest thing.”… see more